Bovenkerk, Jens Body Department, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge, RWTH, Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
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Pedestrian protection has been overlooked for a long time, as motor vehicles have been favored over other road users. Vehicle safety was synonymous with occupant protection, and separating pedestrians from vehicle traffic was the only approach to protect vulnerable road users. However, the situation has changed, and pedestrian protection has gained more importance because of legislative and consumer testing requirements. The car occupant often is the custumer, and in most cases does not consider the role of a vulnerable road user when buying a car. Based on these considerations, including the relevance of pedestrians in accidents, the focus on pedestrian protection for passenger vehicles is clearly driven by public authorities.
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